TIME’s Evangelical Christians Disagree on Same Sex Marriage
- By Alison Lesley --
- 17 Sep 2014 --
Two TIME Magazine writers argue opposite sides of the marriage debate, but both come from the Evangelical Christian perspective.
TIME magazine has featured two opinion pieces during the week that are being widely debated. The topic is traditional marriage, and these articles view this subject from an Evangelical Christian perspective, but they both have widely different stances. This clear differentiation among the group has sparked interest in many.
The Evangelical Argument for Marriage Equality
In the first piece Brandan Robertson walks through the reasons behind Christian support of same sex marriage as the young spokesperson of the new organization, Evangelicals for Marriage Equality. He discusses the fact that the younger generation is more open and accepting of this lifestyle, but the older followers are struggling to adapt. While he states that we should be more accepting, he also declares that everyone should put down the name-calling and hostility to allow the opportunity to openly share opinions without judgment.
The Evangelical Argument for Traditional Marriage
The rebuttal, from Andrew T. Walker, takes a more argumentative approach by first clarifying that the original article only consisted of emotion, not any clear argumentation. However, the post is unique in its appeals to rationality, observation, and logic, rather than just using religious philosophy. The example of stealing is utilized to show that the Bible does forbid it, but the government outlaws it because it damages the trust within society. The argument is that the laws of the Bible can be implemented in government if the reasonings are not solely reliant on the Word of the Bible. Marriage is similar in the fact that the Bible says same sex couples should not exist; however, according to Walker, the government must protect traditional marriages as “no institution like it in society can secure civilization’s stability and future.”
The topic of marriage and how it will be defined is likely going to be hotly debated for the foreseeable future. These two angles are interesting to note, though, because they are seemingly coming from the same perspective but reaching opposite conclusions.
Alison Lesley5:54 pm
Who wrote the article? Someone from the Westboro Baptist congregation. Too bad because it’s a debate worth having.